Kilmarnock 2-1 Celtic: Stuart Findlay scores injury-time winner to sink champions
Brendan Rodgers' side six points adrift of leaders Hearts
By Ben Grounds
Last Updated: 23/09/18 8:32pm
Celtic slumped to their worst start to a Scottish Premiership season in 20 years as Kilmarnock came from behind to claim a dramatic 2-1 win at Rugby Park.
Leigh Griffiths gave Brendan Rodgers' side the lead when he pounced on a mistake by Greg Taylor after 34 minutes.
But Chris Burke's 25-yard strike midway through the second period brought Kilmarnock level and Stuart Findlay rose to meet Burke's 93rd-minute corner and stun the champions.
Kilmarnock: MacDonald (7), O'Donnell (6), Broadfoot (6), Findlay (7), Taylor (5), Burke (8), Tshibola (7), Power (6), Jones (6), Stewart (6), Brophy (7).
Subs: Dicker (6), McKenzie (n/a), Ndjoli (n/a)
Celtic: Gordon (6), Lustig (7), Boyata (7), Hendry (6), Tierney (7), Brown (6), Christie (6), Mulumbu (7), Johnston (6), Sinclair (5), Griffiths (7).
Subs: Morgan (7), McGregor (6), Edouard (6).
Man of the match: Chris Burke
The result leaves Celtic in fifth position, six points adrift of leaders Hearts, while Steve Clarke's men move above them into fourth place after their shock victory.
It is the first time in 81 domestic matches that Celtic have lost after scoring first, since losing to St Johnstone back in May 2016.
Rodgers' men went on a 69-game unbeaten run after that setback, and he will hope for a similar response after this latest stuttering display.
.@KilmarnockFC are now unbeaten in their last 4 league games v Celtic - their longest unbeaten run against them since Aug 1961-Mar 1963 👏 👏 👏— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) September 23, 2018
Oct 2017 Celtic 1-1 Kilmarnock
Feb 2018 Kilmarnock 1-0 Celtic
May 2018 Celtic 0-0 Kilmarnock
Today Kilmarnock 2-1 Celtic pic.twitter.com/Ew6Y3wgeLK
It was Kilmarnock who had the game's opening chance, as Craig Gordon kept out Greg Stewart's header from Aaron Tshibola's corner, before Dedryck Boyata somehow hooked over from under the bar from Griffiths' set piece.
The last time Kilmarnock went four games unbeaten against Celtic was in 1963, but they fell behind in calamitous circumstances as Kirk Broadfoot failed to clear Kieran Tierney's cross before Taylor miscued an attempted clearance against his own post.
Steve Clarke named an unchanged Kilmarnock side with Greg Stewart partnering Eamonn Brophy up front.
Brendan Rodgers made six changes to the Celtic side that beat Rosenborg 1-0 on Thursday.
Youssouf Mulumbu played against his old side with Tom Rogic dropping out while Jack Hendry came in for Filip Benkovic after an injury in the warm-up.
Ryan Christie, Scott Sinclair and Leigh Griffiths came in for Callum McGregor, James Forrest and Odsonne Edouard while Michael Johnston replaced the suspended Olivier Ntcham.
Griffiths was on hand and made no mistake from close range, ending his wait for a first league goal of the season by notching his 150th league strike in Scottish football.
But Celtic lacked a cutting edge in the second period, handed to Kilmarnock after a skirmish involving their former player Youssouf Mulumbu and Tshibola.
Both players were booked, but the tussle lifted the crowd, and Burke latched onto Alan Power's pass to fire the hosts level after 64 minutes.
Leigh Griffiths has scored his 150th Scottish league goal - his 16th goal in 18 career apps v Kilmarnock 👏 👏 👏— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) September 23, 2018
Griffiths most goals by opponent:
16 Ross County
14 Inverness CT
13 Dundee Utd
13 Partick Thistle pic.twitter.com/2U3OVH6WhN
Rodgers looked to freshen things up with the introduction of Lewis Morgan, and he came close to restoring Celtic's lead when he cut inside and shot, but Jamie MacDonald produced a fine save low to his right.
Just when it appeared Celtic would have to settle for a point, Kilmarnock snatched all three at the death as Findlay headed past Gordon to leave Rodgers' side with just 10 points from their opening six matches.
Man of the match - Chris Burke
Burke inspired Killie's comeback, lashing the equaliser and then providing that dramatic late assist. He worked tirelessly, too.
Kilmarnock host Motherwell at Rugby Park next Saturday in the Scottish Premiership.
Celtic travel to face St Johnstone in the Scottish League Cup on Wednesday before hosting Aberdeen back in the Scottish Premiership next Saturday.
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